Police ID victim in fatal William's Delight shooting


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ST. CROIX - Police have identified the man fatally shot in William's Delight on Tuesday night as 19-year-old Antonio Ilarraza, who lived in the housing community.

According to police, shots rang out just before 7 p.m. Tuesday and left Ilarraza dead and a 26-year-old injured by gunshots to his upper body and left leg.

Residents in the William's Delight housing community and surrounding area reported hearing a volley of gunshots from high-powered weapons. They said police responded quickly and sirens could be heard blaring as the gunfire continued.

Rames said detectives with the Criminal Investigation Bureau are investigating the fatal shooting and are seeking assistance from the community to help them locate and apprehend the persons responsible.

V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said when police arrived on the scene, they saw the victim - now identified as Ilarraza - lying in the street with several people around him. She said the second injured person was found at his home, not far from where he had been shot.

The victims were taken to Luis Hospital by ambulance, where Ilarraza officially was pronounced dead by medical personnel, according to Rames.

Tuesday's murder was the second in the district and the fourth in the territory, with one murder on St. Thomas and one on St. John.

According to court documents, Ilarraza was acquitted of charges of first-degree burglary; first-degree robbery; first-degree assault; unauthorized possession of a firearm; possession of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a violent crime; and failure to report a firearm brought into the territory. The charges stem from a Nov 26, 2012, incident in which a 17-year-old boy reported to police that Ilarraza, a teenage girl and two masked individuals broke into his Estate Grove Place home while he slept and robbed him.

After the acquittal, Ilarraza still had another case pending in connection with a Nov. 15 reckless endangerment incident in which another person reported to police that Ilarraza fired shots recklessly in the Estate Profit area.

Ilarraza had been released from jail shortly after his arrest on Dec. 1, 2012, arrest and placed on 24-hour house arrest with the use of an electronic monitoring device while the case was pending.

Those conditions were modified through a motion from his attorney and allowed him to remain released on a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew without the use of a monitoring device just more than two weeks ago.

His older brother, Angel Ilarraza, 22, also had been arrested on warrants Dec. 1, 2012, and had gone to trial last month before entering a guilty plea.

Angel Ilarraza was sentenced to time he had spent in jail - just more than a year - while awaiting trial.

Rames said anyone who knows anything about the fatal shooting of Antonio Ilarraza can call police at 911, 712-6077 or 712-6037 or call the Crime Stoppers USVI anonymous tip line at 1-800-222-8477.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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